"There was no offer yet, but they told me that we could maybe do an early commitment soon," said Williams, who attends Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral High. "Everything was first-class. The only thing I didn't expect was that they had their own weight room just for basketball. At UCLA, it's also first class, but all the sports share everything."
Williams has been a lifelong Tar Heels fan ever since he can remember, even going as far as to have a UNC banner on his wall. So it's no surprise that UNC has been elevated to the top.
"I really like Coach Williams," he added. "He was a real down-to-earth guy. I was nervous at first, but he made me feel right at home.
"They are probably the favorite now. It's a good situation. I loved Coach Williams when he was at Kansas. They were one of my favorites then and now that he's at Carolina, it's even better."
UCLA will also be under consideration, especially with his older brother, Ike, walking on for the Bruins. Kentucky, Memphis and Louisville are also possibilities – as is DePaul, the lone school to put forth an offer at this early stage.
Williams, who is a scoring point who can knock down the outside shot (his father, Michael, calls him "AT&T" for long distance) and also uses his quickness to slice through the lane, has gotten plenty of attention out west. He spent his freshman year at San Joaquin Memorial Prep and attended the Adidas ABCD Camp that summer before transferring back closer to home at Chaparral prior to this season.
Williams averaged 26 points per contest as a sophomore, but still needs to get stronger and improve on the defensive end.
Williams plays for Darren Matsubara's EBO team in the summer, but he has hired a personal trainer and won't be a mainstay on the AAU circuit this summer. EBO was originally supposed to come this weekend to the Tournament of Champions, but they opted not to make the trip and Williams' next event will be the ABCD Camp in July.